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Independent journalism, objective insight Subscribe to National Yemen and Advertise for Free NationalYemen 01 251650 01 238070 01 238380 01 251651 The Facts As They Are 03 Ibb Penitentiary: a Waking Nightmare 07 Massive Protests Throughout Yemeni Governorates 09 Qat, Cigarettes, Soda Consumed in Alarming Amounts 11 SUNDAY , Feb 6 , 2011 I ISSUE 31 PRICE : YER 30 WWW . NAT IONALYEMEN. COM Propaganda in Action: GPC Pamphlet Translated Yemen Protests: Between Reaction and Progress By Fakhri Al-Arashi Some observers of recent events noted that president Saleh was wily enough to appease the opposition in Yemen in his speech last Wednesday in front of the members of parliament, Shura council, and public, just one day before the planned opposition protests which was dubbed the “day of rage.” Sana’a, like the other governorates of Yemen, witnessed massive gatherings for protest and counter-protests from the competing political camps. The outcome of the day failed to meet the demand of some of the more impassioned protesters, who were expecting a wholesale uprising along the model set by the two other Arab states, Tunisia and Egypt. President Saleh said he would not stand for re-election when his term expires in 2013 or try to hand on power to his son. He summed up the resolution with the phrase, “no extension, no inheritance, no resetting the clock.” In a hint of postponing the elections scheduled for next April, which the ruling party decided earlier to hold without waiting for the dialogue process to be completed, President Saleh suggested abandoning holding the legislative elections in April, responding to the demands of the parliamentary opposition, which has recently organized massive demonstrations hostile to him. Continued on Page (3) U.S. Urges Yemen Opposition to Avoid "Provocation" The U.S. embassy in Yemen called on opposition groups on Saturday to refrain from "provocative action" and talk to the government following large street protests in the impoverished Arab country. Tens of thousands of Yemenis took part in peaceful protests for and against the government on Thursday during an opposition-led "Day of Rage," a day after President Ali Abdullah Saleh offered to step down in 2013. "We strongly urge the opposition parties to avoid provocative actions and respond constructively to President Saleh's initiative to resolve differences through dialogue and negotiation," the U.S. embassy said on its website. "We call on all parties to continue the national dialogue and return to the negotiating table to reach an agreement that will be welcomed by, and best serve, the Yemeni people." The opposition drew more than 20,000 people in Sanaa, the biggest crowd since a wave of demonstrations hit the poor Arabian Peninsula state two weeks ago, inspired by protests that toppled Tunisia's ruler and threaten Egypt's president. Saleh, a shrewd political survivor, has backed out of previous promises to step aside. Continued on Page (3) AQAP Executes Security Official in Sa’ada The al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula organization has announced the execution of deputy director of political security, Ali Mohammed Salah Al-Hussam on Tuesday. According to a spokesman of the group, whose communiqué appeared in an audiotape spread on the Internet, Colonel Al-Hussam has been executed “as a lesson to others.” The colonel was kidnapped in Sa’ada in August last year by the jihadi organization after Yemeni authorities had refused to release all the detained activists of the organization, per its demands. Al-Hussam remained missing until alQaeda’s announcement that it was detaining him. He was kidnapped on 26 August from his home in the al-Thoobat region of Sa’ada governorate. According to a statement published on some jihadi web forums, “Colonel Hussam was running networks to spy on Muslims for the last twenty years. He was intimidating people and raiding the homes Continued on Page (3) Popular rage spreads to Amman, where demonstrators gathered on Friday An opposition demonstrator attending Thursday’s massive protests; his sign reads, “Thirty-three years of corruption, poverty, ignorance, and unemployment.” photos by Fuad al-Kharazi 'Anonymous' Hits Yemeni, Egyptian Government Sites Government Sites for Yemen and Egypt targeted in week of protests By Brian Prince* organized about 500 support- Hacktivists in the looselyaffiliated group 'Anonymous' painted a bull’s eye this week on Websites belonging to the governments of Yemen and Egypt. Members of the group launched distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against a number of sites, including the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the country's Ministry of Interior. “Welcome back to the Internet, #Egypt. Well, except -you stay down #Jan25 #OpEgypt #Feb4,” the group tweeted Feb. 2. The attacks are believed to have been carried out in support of protests against the Egyptian government. According to the New York Times, Gregg Housh, a member of Anonymous, said the group ers in online forums to bring down the sites for Egypt's Ministry of Information and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party. Housh personally disavowed any illegal activity. "We want freedom,” Housh reportedly said. “It’s as simple as that. We’re sick of oppressive governments encroaching on people.” Following the cyberattacks on Egypt, the Website of Yemeni President Ali Abdull a h Saleh,, was knocked offline Feb. 3 following calls by Anonymous members for attacks on the site. The attacks marked another in a long list of Websites taken down by the group. In December, Anonymous was credited Continued on Page (3) Propaganda in Action Among the various literature distributed at both the ruling party and opposition rallies on Thursday, this particular pamphlet was notable in its lurid depiction of its opponents. The flyer tears into the most prominent opponents of the government, accusing them of being everything from Zionist to Iranian pawns, while warning that their agenda will only lead to “chaos and sabotage.” Comparison is made between major Islah party figure and Hashid Sheikh Hamid al-Ahmar and Leila Trabelsi, the wife of the deposed Tunisian President Zine al-Abidin ben Ali, who was regarded as terminally corrupt. Opposition and feminist activist Tawakul Karman is portrayed as a pawn of the United States, who began the recent protest movement under American orders. An opposition rally is shown with apparently digitally superimposed American flags on the protestors. Finally, the opposition’s favorite poem, “If the people one day want life…” is contorted into an insult of the Joint Meetings Party. Translated on Page (11)

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